Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

September 30, 2015

In an effort to encourage more banks to spin off their trust operations, thereby allowing Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to better supervise the activities of trust entities, the Monetary Board issued BSP Circular No. 884 on July 22 concerning the guidelines on the establishment and operation of trust corporations. The new circular aims to increase the competition in the asset management... Read More

September 23, 2015

As the late Justice Isagani A. Cruz puts it, “Philippine citizenship is a gift that must be deserved to be retained. The Philippines, for all her modest resources compared to those of other states, is a jealous and possessive mother demanding total love and loyalty from her children.” Philippine citizenship has always been valued and treasured by our Supreme Court as it once described it as... Read More

September 09, 2015

In cases of termination due to just or authorized causes, the employer must comply with procedural due process. For just causes of termination of employment under Article 288 of the Labor Code, procedural due process comprises of the twin-notice rule: a notice to apprise the employee of the ground for which his dismissal is sought and a notice informing the employee of his dismissal, issued... Read More

August 26, 2015

Renewable energy offers an alternative to traditional fossil fuels (e.g., coal, natural gas, and petroleum). The trend is to shift to renewable energy, also known as “green energy” or “clean energy”. Recently, rooftops of new commercial buildings in France are required by law to be covered either with plants or solar photovoltaic panels. These “green roofs” are also popular in Germany,... Read More

August 19, 2015

It is time to revisit Article II, Section 26 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which states: “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” Twenty-eight years since the ratification of the Constitution, this provision has not been fully implemented due to the absence of an enabling law.   In 2013... Read More

August 12, 2015

With the Commission on Election’s parallel biddings for the refurbishment of the existing Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and the lease of new optical mark reader (OMR) units, the implementation of Republic Act No. 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”, is again put to a test.    The challenges that the implementation of the law is facing... Read More

August 05, 2015

As the Philippine economy grows, shares of stocks are actively traded in the stock market. In the face of the Greek financial crisis and price fluctuations, some investors are selling their stocks, while some investors are taking this opportunity to purchase stocks at their desired price. Some say minority stockholders may be neglected when the majority stockholders of their company sell their... Read More

July 29, 2015

A popular soft drink company has been making waves on the Internet, thanks to a groundbreaking marketing campaign that also raises awareness against prejudice and stereotypes. Going against conventional branding wisdom, the company removed practically all the markings from its soft drink cans, leaving only a solid bright red paint scheme, a distinctive swooping ribbon design, and some text... Read More

July 22, 2015

The Philippine Competition Act is undoubtedly the most important piece of legislation enacted by the current Congress. When already effective, it is expected to level the playing field for investors in the country. Failure to comply with the law would result in criminal, civil and administrative penalties.    As of this writing, the consolidated bill has been transmitted to the... Read More

July 15, 2015

Emgoldex, on its Web site, http://www.emgoldex.com, is described as a company that specializes in the buying and selling of investment gold bars of different values. Over the past few months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued several warnings against investing in Emgoldex, which is said to be a registered company either in Dubai or in Germany, depending on who you ask... Read More